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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Apr 2, 2010 9:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Skip to my lou

I can't say for sure what Jerry did, but with respect to picking and the "skipping" thing that you've identified here: a lot of what sounds like fast picking is actually one pluck that is manipulated multiple times on the neck -- hammer-on or hammer-off techniques. Six notes in a typical Garcia run might only require two or three plucks of the string with the right hand.

Another pretty typical Garcia thing was his use of a climbing or descending technique, whereby he would go up and scales incrementally. Instead of proceeding in a linear fashion up and down through multiple octaves, he would return after a few notes back to the second or third note in the ascent (or descent) and continue that way -- sort of like taking five steps forward and four steps back each time. If that makes any sense.